COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Virginia field hockey team (12-9) had its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss against Maryland (14-6) in the Round of 16 of the 2021 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Maryland got on the board 1:42 into the second quarter when Mayv Clune deflected a long pass from Bibi Donraadt into the upper corner of the net to give the Terrapins a 1-0 lead, and advantage they took into the halftime break. Maryland added a second goal off another deflection midway through the third quarter to go up 2-0.
Virginia halved the deficit with 2:51 remaining in the game. Senior back Amber Ezechiels took a hard shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner, connecting with the stick of junior midfielder Adele Iacobucci that sent it up into the net to make it a 2-1 game. UVA pulled its goalkeeper after the score, giving them an extra attacker, but the Terps defense held on for the 2-1 victory.
Maryland advances to play Syracuse on Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Virginia held a 12-8 advantage in shots
- Maryland goalkeeper Noelle Frost made five saves. Virginia’s Tyler Kennedy had one
- Amber Ezechiels finishes the season with a team-best 19 points, seven goals and five assists
- Adele Iacobucci’s goal was her fourth of the season
- Virginia is ranked No. 13 in the final NFHCA Coaches Poll. Maryland is No. 5
- Virginia finishes the season with a 12-9 record. All nine losses were by one goal
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“This team has a heart of gold. We believed in each other. We believed we could right the course and we did it with beautiful hockey day in and day out and, finally paid off with a bid to the NCAA championships. The goal of 78 teams is to put yourself in contention to win a national championship. We did that. I commend the entire team for the perseverance and courage to get that done. I always knew it was in them. I celebrate the seniors for putting every ounce of their spirit and soul into this program and leaving a legacy that will live on the blue turf forever. “